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Is Wilderness Still Relevant?

June 25, 2014

Summary: 2014 marks fifty years since the passage of the Wilderness Act, so it is a good time to reflect on the achievements this legislation made possible and also discuss the challenges faced by wilderness. One of these is finding ways to make wilderness more relevant in an increasingly diverse and technology-focused society. A panel of writers, thinkers, and advocates (David Sobel, Rue Mapp, Jimmy Gaudry, and Doug Scott) discussed these issues live with Orion staff.


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Mike Tidwell Discusses Talking with One’s Children about Climate Change

May 20, 2014

Summary: Managing Editor Andrew Blechman speaks with author Mike Tidwell about his May/June & July/August 2014 article for Orion, “Rite of Passage.” Tidwell recounts his camping trip with his teenage son in Big Bend, during which they saw and discussed the realities of climate change.


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Audio Slide Show: Local Color

May 20, 2014

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From Portland to Baltimore, neighborhoods around the country are enlivening their streets and protecting their residents with a few cans of paint and bucket loads of creativity. Take a ride through America's most colorful intersections with Peter Brewitt, Orion’s Concrete Progress columnist, as he shares the story behind the burgeoning movement to paint the pavement.

This slide show is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project.

Derek Sheffield Reads “10 Ways to Make Your House a Home”

May 20, 2014

Summary: Author Derek Sheffield reads from his Enumeration in the May/June & July/August 2014 issue about how to make your new house a home. Hint: get to know some of your wild neighbors.


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Audio Slide Show: The City and the Sea

April 06, 2014

Summary: Two years after Hurricane Sandy battered its coast, New York City residents are back on their feet and thinking hard about an urban future in a changing climate. Head to the beachy backwaters of America’s largest city with journalist Meera Subramanian as she tells the surprising stories of how sand dunes, wetlands, and oyster beds are bringing storm and flood resilience back to a forgotten landscape. This slide show is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure series.

Photographs and renderings courtesy of Josh Raab, Kate Orff and SCAPE PLLC, and Local Office Landscape Architecture. Click through to read Meera Subramanian’s article “The City and the Sea,” from the March/April 2014 issue.

Eva Saulitis Reads “Wild Darkness”

March 05, 2014

Summary: Author Eva Saulitis reads her March/April essay, “Wild Darkness,” a moving reflection on nature, death, and wildness.


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Live Event: Happiness for All

February 26, 2014

Summary: Author Gretchen Legler recently visited Bhutan and reported on the country’s efforts toward Gross National Happiness, an alternative means of measuring economic progress (her essay, "The Happiness Index," appears in the January/February 2014 issue of Orion). Legler was joined in a discussion of people-oriented economic development by author, filmmaker, and Right Livelihood Award winner Helena Norberg-Hodge, and by popular author and philosopher Charles Eisenstein.


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Orion Editors Out Loud: January/February 2014

January 21, 2014

Summary: Editors Jennifer Sahn and Andrew Blechman discuss the contents of the January/February 2014 issue of the magazine, including an interview with British journalist George Monbiot about the importance of rewilding; an essay by Gretchen Legler about Bhutan’s experiment with Gross National Happiness as an alternative metric of a nation’s economic progress; Craig Childs's imaginary walk across the Martian landscape; new fiction from Luis Alberto Urrea; and more.


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Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil Read “Letters from Two Gardens”

January 21, 2014

Summary: Poets Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read from their poetry correspondence, "Letters from Two Gardens," tracing the shape of a year as experienced through each of their gardens.


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Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil Discuss Gardens and Collaborative Poetry

January 21, 2014

Summary: Poetry editor Hannah Fries talks with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay about the experience of writing their collaborative poem series in the January/February issue, "Letters from Two Gardens"—and about how writing the poems changed the way they think about and work in their gardens.


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